I am absolutely thrilled to announce Bow America, a free e-magazine for bowhunters. The monthly e-magazine will include articles on traditional archery, compound archery, bowfishing, do-it-yourself hunting, fitness, hunt tips & recaps, women bowhunters, and gear reviews. I am honored to be among a great set of contributors for this publication. I know nearly all of the writers, and I am sincerely excited about reading their contributions each month.
Subscribing to Bow America is free and easy – just head over to the Bow America site and get started.
Take a look at my article for this issue…
The journey towards becoming a bowhunter is a journey of self-discovery. Each bowhunter has his or her reasons to pursue the hunt, and these reasons often evolve as the hunter makes their pursuit, season after season. I have grown to fall in love with bowhunting for many reasons: the intensity and intimacy of the hunt, the skill and preparation required to be successful, and the simple joy of shooting a bow and arrow. These aspects of bow hunting are something that I discovered as I hunted with a bow and arrow, but they are not the reasons that I originally started bowhunting. No, the reasons that I started bowhunting were much simpler, much more practical.
I grew up hunting the Missouri Ozarks with my Grandpa. Our weapons were rifles and shotguns from a year gone by, and our targets were everything from squirrel and rabbits, to whitetail deer, and even just soup cans on a fencepost. It was in many ways an ideal childhood for a young boy. It was not long before I found myself in high school, where I ultimately became more interested in pursuing athletics and female classmates, and therefore less interested in those days afield chasing a different type of game. However, sometime during college a switch flipped, and an insatiable longing to return to my roots and resume hunting became more and more pressing.
This longing to return to hunting grew stronger by the day, and the few days that I had available to hunt during the year were not enough to quench my desire. I needed to expand my opportunities to hunt, I needed to have more land available to hunt, and I needed to find a way to hunt nearly year round, and not just during the heavily pressured Missouri firearm seasons.
These three things – extended seasons, expanded access, and less hunting pressure – they are the reason that I decided to begin bowhunting.